I love it when two of my interests intersect. In addition to being a huge Nintendo fan, I’m also an avid Magic: the Gathering player (almost exclusively Commander format nowadays). Sadly, these two interests have never officially interacted. Despite the fact that Magic has had a number of digital versions, Nintendo console owners don’t get to untap-upkeep-draw. Even the Duels of the Planeswalkers series appeared on PC and consoles but skipped the Wii U. Still, there’s a lot of overlap between the two demographics as a Reddit user has shown with their collection of imaginary Magic: The Gathering cards inspired by Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
A little background may be in order. This spring’s Magic set, Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths, had a promotion that featured officially licensed Toho kaiju characters like Godzilla on real cards.
The promo cards play exactly the same as an existing card, but with awesome full art and an alternate name. This collection takes a similar approach, using the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate mural to provide artwork for existing Magic cards. The most fun part for me is seeing how the fan versions line up with the existing characters.
Donkey Kong is a conceptual home run. Kogla and DK are both based off of King Kong, and this card would likewise play more like the earliest version of Mario’s original nemesis. Donkey Kong enters the battlefield fighting, destroys machines, and even absconds with a human you control.
Yoshi is also pretty well done in terms of that massive block of text. Whenever Yoshi reaches its goal (combat damage to a player), it can find more dinosaurs, just like at the end of every stage in Yoshi’s Island.
Mega Man is one of my favorites of the bunch. By expending energy, he can use abilities that he doesn’t start out with. He also finds new areas when he enters the battlefield.
They can’t all be winners. Sadly, Mario has nothing in common with Squee, who was comic relief in the long-running Magic storyline from the 1990s.
Finally, nothing can contain the sheer awesome horror that is Jigglypuff. Clearly the only eldritch abomination that could possibly come close would be Emrakul, the Aeons Torn, the most powerful creature in Magic‘s history. Just don’t try to play the Pokémon TCG with it.
While I know this is just a fan project, it presses a very particular button for me. I’m constantly dreaming about how a Nintendo game-themed Magic: the Gathering card or set would look like, and with the introduction of the Godzilla alternate cards, this set shows what that might look like. Perhaps one day….